How to play an E5 Power Chord in a praise song

Backing Track


Chord Diagram

e% Power Chord - Chord Box 7th fret



  • E5 Power Chord – also shown as E(m)5
  • 6 minor chord in G
  • Substitutes for E major, E minor, Eminor 7, Emaj7, Esus4


Video Transcription

Let’s end this power chords module on a high. Let’s pull together everything we’ve learned to play a simple song. We’ll learn a verse and a chorus, then see how to apply these techniques in a real-life song situation.

We’re well on our way to being able to play a simple song.

We’ve got some ideas how we can make a verse sound different to a chorus. We can use palm muted ‘chugs’ to make a gentler sound in the verse.

For the chorus, we can “Let ‘er rip!” – amps to 11!

We know three different chords G5C5 – D5 that sound good together.


Introducing E5 Power Chord – the ‘six minor’ in the key of G

I’m now going to introduce the fourth most important chord in the key of G. This is one called E5 (the ‘six minor’ chord).

You’ll be pleased to hear it’s exactly the same shape as the others. You’ll also be pleased to hear it slides up from the D5 two frets.

How to play E5 Power Chord

To spell it out, finger by finger:

  • First finger, fifth string(A), seventh fret
  • Second finger does nothing
  • Third finger, ninth fret, fourth string (D)
  • Pinky tucked underneath – fourth finger, ninth fret, third string (G)

Changing Chords

We can go from a G5 To a C5. Then, we slide up two frets to a D5. Next, slide up two frets to an E5.

These four chords are used in many songs, in lots of different combinations.

This exercise is based on Hillsong ‘One Way’, a particular favourite of mine. I love how Hillsong United do that one – although I’ve simplified it a little.

Building the Verse part – Using quieter dynamics

We’re going to build a verse using Palm Mute Chugs. The Chord Pattern for the verse is G5E5 D5 – C5. That repeats.

A note on effective practice. As the changes go by quite quick, I recommend you slow it down. Use a metronome or a drum machine , and practice very slowly and steadily. Work on getting the changes even Whatever it takes to get the changes evenly spaced – do that.

Once you get things precise on guitar at a slow speed, you’ll find you can raise the speed.

Building the Chorus part – Adding louder dynamics

We’re going to use a slightly different technique and chord pattern for the chorus.

The chord pattern is G5D5E5C5. That pattern repeats We’re going to use the ‘Palm Stop‘ technique on the G5 and the D5. But the E5 and C5 we let ring out.

For this exercise, we loop all of that going verse to chorus, verse to chorus

Where we’re at

This brings together everything that we need for basic power chord Rhythm playing:

  • The whole song is built out of Power Chords.
  • We’re using the four most common chords in the key of G.
  • We’re using them in two slightly different patterns.
  • We’re getting a sense of ‘journey’ on the song.


The verse, we’re holding back with palm mutes. The chorus, we’re “Letting ‘er rip” – turning everything up to a ‘Spinal Tap 11’ – and making a big, powerful chorus. You can imagine people getting excited about that.

G5 – D5 – E5 – C5 Power Chord Practice Track

I’ll just demonstrate this with the backing track – then you have a practice.